Women's Basketball claims four preseason All-Big 12 honors
DALLAS -- Texas players claimed three of the five positions on the All-Big 12 Preseason Team, with 5-6 senior guard Jamie Carey (Thornton, Colo./Horizon HS), 6-2 senior forward Heather Schreiber (Windthorst, Texas/Windthorst HS) and 6-3 sophomore forward Tiffany Jackson (Dallas, Texas/Duncanville HS) earning spots on the all-conference team. In addition, 6-2 junior forward Daria Mieloszynska (Poznan, Poland/Charles de Gaulle HS), a transfer from Illinois Central College, was selected as Co-Newcomer of the Year.
All three of these Longhorns claimed All-Big 12 honors last year, and all three are National Player of the Year candidates for the John Wooden and State Farm Wade Trophy honors. Carey and Schreiber were First Team All-Big 12 picks last year, and Jackson was the Rookie of the Year and gained Second Team honors as they helped UT to a 14-2 regular season conference mark and to the league co-championship.
Kansas State senior forward Kendra Wecker was named Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year. Mieloszynska shares the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year honor with Texas Tech sophomore center Patrice Edwards, while Oklahoma forward Stephanie McGhee was named Big 12 Freshman of the Year. and released by the conference office Tuesday.
Joining Wecker and the Longhorn trio on the Preseason All-Big 12 Team was Baylor junior forward Sophia Young.
Wecker is the Big 12s top returning scorer (16.8 ppg) and second-leading returning rebounder (8.1 rpg) from a year ago. Mieloszynska averaged 15.2 points, 7.5 rebounds and 5.1 assists as a junior at Illinois Central College while being named a NJCAA All-America second team last year and the MVP of the NJCAA Regional Tournament. Mieloszynska helped ICC to the NJCAA National Championship in 2002-2003.
Edwards averaged 12.5 points, 9.3 rebounds and 1.8 blocks as a freshman at Frank Phillips College (Borger, Texas). She was injured three games into her sophomore season and was granted a medical hardship, thus will be a sophomore at Texas Tech this year. McGhee averaged 30 points per game through her high school career and finished her senior season with 31.1 ppg and 12.3 rpg.
Last season, Schreiber averaged 12.9 points and 5.8 boards per contest a year ago and was second to Carey in 3-point shooting (50-128, .391). In Big 12 action, Schreiber was 14th in the league in scoring (12.9 ppg) and also averaged 5.8 rpg. Carey returns for her sixth year of eligibility after being granted an additional season by the NCAA due to injury. The senior guard averaged 10.7 ppg last year and was the 2004 Jimmy V Foundation/ESPN Comeback Award recipient. Carey led the Longhorns in 3-point shooting, hitting 66 treys (66-162) for 41 percent accuracy from long range, and was second in assists, dishing out 97 for a 2.8 apg average.
Jackson was voted the National Freshman of the Year last winter by ESPN.com and the U.S. Basketball Writers Association and the Big 12 Rookie of the Year. She led a balanced UT scoring attack with 13.0 ppg and was first in UT blocks (44, 1.3 bpg) and steals (66, 1.9 spg). She also was second in rebounding (7.5 rpg).
2004-05 Big 12 Conference Women's Basketball Preseason Team
Preseason All-Big 12 Team
Honorable Mention (listed alphabetically by school)